Horizon Forbidden West Reviews
Horizon Forbidden West is one of the best open world games from the last couple of years. Whether you a fan of the original title or just love yourself a grand adventure - Forbidden West is something you would really enjoy.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the best games of the last console generation. I'm not sure I see any reason why Horizon Forbidden West won't go down as one of the best of this generation.
Overall, Horizon Forbidden West is a huge improvement on its predecessor.
Horizon Forbidden West is a worthy sequel to Zero Dawn in every way, proving that Guerrilla is no one-hit wonder when it comes to the action RPG genre.
In every way that it can be, Horizon Forbidden West is Horizon Zero Dawn 2.0 and while I might crave some more variety in its open-world activities, Guerrilla Games has nonetheless crafted a triumphant sequel that earns its place among the very best that PlayStation Studios has to offer.
There are dozens of stories across Horizon Forbidden West that are every bit as cool, engaging, and thoughtful as that one. That makes it somewhat disappointing that the main story doesn’t quite hit the same heights in the end, as there’s a sagging middle that takes a little of the wind out of the finale. But it’s not something that’s worth sweating over, as the company that Aloy keeps consistently makes the trek work taking every step of the way.
The overriding question “Horizon Forbidden West” left me with is ‘when will its prospective audience grow tired of the tired conventions that underwrite so many go-and-save-the-world adventure games?’ As much as I appreciated the fun that came from smashing up robots, “Horizon Forbidden West” won’t earn a spot in my long-term memory.
After playing for more than 40 hours, I’m still mesmerized by the core gameplay loop of building up my tool kit and adjusting my approach to take on new, more powerful machines. More than that, though, I’m mesmerized by the world.
Horizon Forbidden West is a triumph for Guerrilla Games. It takes the shining promise of Zero Dawn and elevates it in almost every way possible. This truly feels like the RPG the studio has always wanted to make, and I’m so glad that it finally gets to breathe without being overshadowed.
Building on all the impressive achievements of Zero Dawn, Horizon Forbidden West feels like a natural evolution of the formula, presenting a sophisticated combat system, impressive variety of enemies, hundreds of activities to do, an exciting story that shines for its lore and characters, visual section of true next generation and a world much more explorable and free than that of its predecessor, As well as for certain design commitments, perhaps it makes the exploration more systematic than we would have liked. However, Guerrilla Games is delivering a game that lives up to the enormous expectations that were had and therefore, a clear candidate to become Game of the Year.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Horizon Forbidden West vastly improves the formula that Gerruilla created a few years ago. The open world is vivid and very immersive, helped by gorgeous visuals. The rock climbing system could be a little more open and give us a bit more freedom thaugh.
Review in French | Read full review
A consistent sequel that surpasses the first part in gameplay, but is far behind in terms of story.
Review in German | Read full review
Horizon Forbidden West builds upon the formula of the first game in smart (if not always revolutionary) ways to craft an even stronger open-world experience. The stunning visuals make for a great showpiece of what Sony's first-party studios can accomplish on PlayStation 5, with gameplay that holds up its end of the bargain. Unfortunately, storytelling missteps and a lack of polish keep Aloy's latest adventure just shy of joining the all-time greats.
A natural evolution of Zero Dawn, Horizon Forbidden West fulfills its mission as a sequel: to aspire to higher peaks, and reach them.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Horizon Forbidden West is a superb sequel, adding even more robot monsters to slay while introducing a deep crafting and upgrade system that creates a rewarding Monster Hunter-style gameplay loop.
Horizon: Forbidden West is everything I wanted from a follow-up to the excellent Zero Dawn, from the twisting story and fierce combat to the cast of memorable characters.
It’s hard to imagine how a Zero Dawn fan could be at all dissatisfied with Guerilla Games’ choices here - the studio has delivered exactly what they were waiting for.
Horizon Forbidden West establishes the Horizon franchise as a power player in Sony’s first-party arsenal.